With improving home network and communication technologies readily available, small start-ups can increasingly operate from a private dwelling rather than set up a commercial property. However, there comes a time when logistically a firm begins to burst out of the seams of a home office and needs to consider moving to a commercial property. There are a few things to consider when making this landmark step to ensure that the new property is entirely suitable to the needs of the company and the move concludes quickly and efficiently.
Rate of Growth
If the reason for moving property is to support a growing staff, it is prudent to forecast how the number of employees will continue to increase. A company that has increased from a one-man band to a team of five in 18 months could well grow to a team in the double numbers within the next 18 months. Therefore, moving into an office designed just to support the five current members of staff would not support any subsequent growth. Moving numerous times to support a growing staff may lead to excessive additional costs – making it prudent to plan with growth in mind.
Whether you are buying or leasing a commercial property, there are a number of legal aspects that need to be considered before concluding the deal. A Breens Solicitors conveyancing expert can help with the legal aspects of every step of the process. This will help ensure that you are not getting cheated at any stage of the deal and every detail is understood by all parties.
There are a litany of different legal ramifications that need to be considered when moving commercial property including exactly what is involved in the agreement. The conveyancing specialist can help the buying/renting party understand the entirety of what is involved in the deal – including property borders, development standards and legal requirements.
It is imperative to consider all of the impending costs of running a commercial property. You and your workforce are going to require the use of utilities and this could lead to significant costs. When viewing properties, be sure to pay attention to the Energy Performance Certificate rating of each to determine how costly they will be to run.
The higher an Energy Performance Certificate rating of a property, the cheaper it will be to heat and light. In the long-term, this can lead to significant savings – particularly in offices which rely on employees using a lot of electricity.
Moving into a new office may necessitate an updated computing and network system, making it possible for the whole team to work efficiently in tandem with one another. IT considerations to take into account:
– Comprehensive phone and internet connection – Use this as an opportunity to shop around for the best deals and offers.
– Implement the correct number of docks and stations in the relevant places so all applicable employees have efficient access to them.
– Phone number transfer – If you have a dedicated phone number for customers already set up, it will be easier for customers if you decide to transfer the same number over.
Is the new location suitable for all that will be working out of the office? Employees who have an extra 30 minutes added to their daily commute may be inclined to be dissatisfied with the move and that may affect their workload and happiness. It may be preferable to engage in an open discussion with everybody who will be working in the new office to determine whether they are satisfied with the move and if it would have an impact upon their workplace happiness.